Aéro-Club de Saint-Dizier Robinson - 34 Rue Godard Brulliard - 52100 Saint-Dizier - Tél/fax: 03 25 05 04 67

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Saint-Dizier Airfield, the home of Saint-Dizier Aero Club is one of the oldest and best known airfields in the country.

Very well located closed to the city, at less than ten minutes from the center, Saint-Dizier Aero Club welcomes you in a quite and green environment, and offers you an homogeneous and attractive fleet.

Place of leisure and relaxation, Saint-Dizier Aero Club meets the aviation’s lovers, pilots or not, where technology and passion are mixed, alchemy that our members are ready to share with you.

Since its creation, our club has taught the pilotage laws to numerous future professional pilots and aeronautical specialists, the association being very proud of its great number of members who opted for civil or militar aviation careers.

Two flight instructors, with a high flight experience, remain at you disposal to teach you the pleasure to fly, one during the week, the other one during the week-end.

In such conditions, you will be able to learn to fly properly, and pass the private pilot license examination, your family having the possibility to enjoy our Clubhouse and facilities.



Le Robin DR-400
Our aircraft will permit to you to perform the flight adapted to your need : from touring over our nice region to long trips over France or Europe.

Piloting is also the only way to evoluate in the third dimension, that you will share with your family and friends during a touring, opportunity to make them discovering their city or village.

The flight instructors  pedagogic skills and their  high availability permit  them to fit with your  agenda, and with your best  progression rythm.

From that time onwards,  you will have only to  appreciate these ideal  conditions to enjoy to fly, and learn navigation using natural and artificial ground reference points,
the onboard sophisticated instruments installed in our aircraft fleet, and learning the radio traffic with air traffic control.


Saint-Dizier Aero Club historical

Saint-Dizier has a long aviation history, to which Saint-Dizier Aero Club had a large participation.

Since the first air races which took place at the beginning of the 20th century in Champagne, when a Farman aeroplane, piloted by a military crew landed closed to
our city on the 11th of august, 1910. This was the first step of a long aviation history, an airfield being operational in 1913, and Saint-Dizier population buying some years after an aircraft for the very young French Air Force.

1931 saw the fundation of Saint-Dizier Aero Club, which stopped during the Second World War, and the occupation by Germany. The airfield was used by Luftwaffe, and the US Air Force operated the airfield just after, during the Allies effort to liberate Europe.

In 1945, our association restarted its activities with saling activity, one glider SG-38 coming from the « German Youths ». Since this date, Saint-Dizier Aero Club remains an active association, and foresees the future with confidence.
 

Our vintage fleet

Morane-Saulnier MS-317Three private vintage aircraft are operated by Saint-Dizier Aero Club: one  Morane-Saulnier MS-317, monoplane with a « parasol » wing, 1930 vintage; one Boeing PT-17 Super Stearman, biplane of the 40’s, and a Zlin 526, two seats aerobatic airplane manufactured in Czechoslovakia in 1969.

Boeing Stearman PT-17
Their typical frame, their inimitable  engine sound, and the atmosphere  linked to these vintage aeroplanes  attract numerous visitors at Saint-Dizier Aero Club.

These aeroplanes are occasionally displayed in air shows and meetings organised in the region.

 

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Training


Robin DR-400
Saint-Dizier Aero Club prime objective is that you enjoy your training, and become a safe and conscientious pilot, with a strong foundation of knowledge and experience.
Saint-Dizier Aero Club can provide this training on reliable and safe aircraft in a friendly environment set in the Champagne countryside.
Our PPL course follows the requirements of the French Civil Aviation Authority, and includes both ground-study and flying-skill subjects. Our fleet of four aircraft offers you a progressive transition from primary trainer to more advanced « complex » tourers.

First flights
Imagine the thrill as you take control of an aeroplane in flight. Your experience starts with a pre-flight briefing, including an explanation of cockpit controls.

Der-Chantecoq lake
Once in the air, you will soon be able to turn, climb and descend. You’ll enjoy amazing views of the beautiful French countryside, and be one of the few people to fly over the largest European artificial lake ( »Lac du Der ») or over the Charles de Gaulle Memorial, located at 15 minutes flight time.
This private lesson is with a French CAA approved instructor, and your airborne time contributes towards the much coveted European Private Pilot’s License.
From the onset you will be encouraged to develop a « one-to-one » relationship with your instructor.
You can agree the frequency of your lessons to suit your pocket and the time you have free.Lessons normally last one hour and a half, with about 40 minutes spent flying. Prior to the flight, you will be briefed on the exercises to be undertaken, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions that may have arisen from your own studies.
After flying you will receive a thorough de-briefing, which is an opportunity for you and your instructor to discuss and analyse your performance. Finally, before you leave, you can agree when to take your next lesson and what that lesson will cover.It is wise not to leave too long a gap between lessons as you may find the next lesson is taken up with revision while you recover skills. Certain exercises can be booked in a block and we can advise you on this point.

With continual progress you can expect to fly your first solo after about 10 to 15 hours flying training. Before going solo, you must be 15 or more years old, and have passed a Medical Examination given by a French CAA Authorised Medical Examiner (one lives in Saint-Dizier city).


Adventurer Flights
For the adventurous, we offer a more extensive cross-country flying experience, introducing you to the joys of private flight and including the possibility of landing and takeoff
from other licensed airfields.

You will take the controls and learn how to pilot the plane and understand the first principals of navigation – the first step towards the freedom of the skies.

Duration: 60 mn or 90 mn

Three types of training courses take place in our club:

The aeronautical initiation certificate, the basic pilot license, and the private pilot license.

The aeronautical initiation certificate consists in a theoretical course, leading to an official French certificate. It requests to be 13 or more years old the day of the exam, which certifies that the candidate has reached a general aviation skill.

The topics are Air Law, Aircraft Technical, meteorology, navigation, regulation, flight safety and aviation history.

Introductory Lessons expose potential pilots to the experience of flying, including full ground briefings. The course includes one or two flights during which the trainee will learn how to fly a navigation, flight prepared by the trainee himself (flight duration of 30 to 40 minutes).


Training on Piper J3
The basic pilot license allows the pilot to fly solo an aircraft, within a 16 Nm (30 kilometres) radius around the departure airfield (out of controlled or regulated airspaces).

Additional « clearances » can be delivered to extend the allowed flight area.

To pass the basic pilot license, the Student must, except the requested physical conditions (contact lens allowed) , complete the following conditons :

- Be 15 or more years old

- Have flown at least 6 flight instruction hours.

- Have flown, solo, 20 landings and a minimum of 4 flight hours, pass a theoretical exam (QCM) and a practical exam.

- The flight test is controlled by the flight instructor who taught flying to the Student, or who managed the instruction.


Inside Robin DR-400
The private pilot license PPL, Private Pilot License
PPL allows, in the European aerospace, to fly non commercial flights as a captain, without salary.

There is no time limit to the overall time that you may take to complete the course. There are, however, stipulations laid down by the CAA regarding the time between passing your written exams and taking your final Skill Test. If you wish to shorten the time to your PPL you can take more than one lesson a day, but remember that flying an aircraft can be quite tiring.

To pass this license, the following conditions are requested:

- Be 17 or more years old.

Pass the theoretical exam. An information pack is provided in advance to the Student, explaining the details of the exam and what is to be expected from the Student for this important step. Your instructor will introduce you to the exam material at the appropriate time.

Examinations are taken under the supervision of your instructor. All required material can be obtained at Saint-Dizier Aero Club. Should you require help with the trickier areas of certain subjects, ground school is run every Saturday morning.

- In total, the French Civil Aviation Administration require to complete 45 hours of flying in order to obtain your PPL. Of this, 25 hours must be « dual » and 10 « solo » as pilot-in-command. Of the latter, 5 hours must be flown on cross-country flights.

- Pass the skill test.

There is no time limit to the overall time that you may take to complete the course. There are, however, stipulations laid down by the French CAA regarding the time between passing your written exams and taking your final Skill Test. If you wish to shorten the time to your PPL you can take more than one lesson a day, but remember that flying an aircraft can be quite tiring.

Applying For Your Licence
You have passed all your exams and the Skill Test. You have completed the required number of hours including solo and cross-country flights. Your instructor will complete
various forms, stamp your logbook to confirm that it is a true record and these together with your logbook, medical, details of your exam results, and a licence issuance fee, are sent to the French CAA. Within weeks you can expect to receive the much coveted Private Pilots Licence.

After sharing the excitement of flying with your relatives and friends and building up your experience and hours, you might tour Champagne, France, visit the « Cháteaux de la Loire », etc or visit Europe. You can take further training to gain confidence flying in poorer weather conditions. Some members love aerobatics, others fly vintage aeroplanes, others polish their skills in bigger, more complex aircraft.

Our instructors and members, are always happy to answer any of your questions, so call in and discuss your interests. You may even decide to take a trial lesson at the same time and be well on your way to obtaining your PPL.

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The Team

Jean-Louis Marcireau and Dominique Vicherat are part time flight instructors, the first one during the week-ends, the second one during the week. Dominique Vicherat is qualified for night flight instruction.

Saint-Dizier Aero Club prime objective is that you enjoy your training, and become a safe and conscientious pilot, with a strong foundation of knowledge and experience.Saint-Dizier Aero Club can provide this training on reliable and safe aircraft in a friendly environment set in the Champagne countryside.Our PPL course follows the requirements of the French Civil Aviation Authority, and includes both ground-study and flying-skill subjects. Our fleet of four aircraft offers you a progressive transition from primary trainer to more advanced « complex » tourers.

Saint-Dizier Aero Club prime objective is that you enjoy your training, and become a safe and conscientious pilot, with a strong foundation of knowledge and experience.

Saint-Dizier Aero Club can provide this training on reliable and safe aircraft in a friendly environment set in the Champagne countryside.

Our PPL course follows the requirements of the French Civil Aviation Authority, and includes both ground-study and flying-skill subjects. Our fleet of four aircraft offers you a progressive transition from primary trainer to more advanced « complex » tourers.

Lundi, 28 septembre 2009 English version

Our aircraft

Reims-Aviation Cessna F150 M Le tableau de bord du Reims-Aviation Cessna F150 M Reims-Aviation Cessna F150 M
Aircraft used for basic training and navigation, night flight capability
Seating: 2 – 1 pilot + 1 passenger
Cruising speed: 105 kts
Engine: 100 hp
Long range version, autonomy: 7 hours

Socata-Aérospatiale TB-9 “Tampico” Socata-Aérospatiale TB-9 “Tampico” Socata-Aérospatiale TB-9 “Tampico”
Aircraft used for travel, touring , training and navigation, night flight capability
Seating: 4 – 1 pilot + 3 passengers
Cruising speed: 129 kts
Engine: 160 hp
Undercarriage: fixed

Robin DR-400 Tableau de bord DR-400 ROBIN DR-400Aircaft used for basic training
Seat: 3 – 1 pilot + 2 passengers
Cruising speed: 97 kts
Engine: 120 hp
Undercarriage: fixed

Piper J3 Tableau de bord Piper J3 Piper J3
Aircraft used for touring and basic training
Seating: 2 – 1 pilot + 1 passenger
Cruising speed: 55 kts
Engine: A65-12, 4 cylinders, 65 hp
Undercarriage : fixed

Flotte privée
Wassmer 54 Tableau de bord Wassmer 54 Wassmer 54 “Atlantic”
The first composite plane in the world.
seating : 1 pilot + 3 passenger.
Engine : Lycoming O-360-A1LD, 180 hp
Cruising speed : 250 km/h.
Ceiling : 5000 m
Autonomy : 1500 km

Vintage Fleet

One Morane-Saulnier MS-317, monoplane with a « parasol » wing, year 1935, fitted with a Continental W-670 radial engine, 7 cylinders – 223 hp
One Boeing PT-17 Super Stearman, biplane built in the 40’s, fitted with a Pratt&Whitney 450 hp, and one Zlin 526, two seats aerobatic airplane manufactured in
Czechoslovakia in 1969.

Their typical frame, their inimitable engine sound, and the atmosphere surrounding these vintage aeroplanes attract numerous visitors at Saint-Dizier Aero Club, especially during the week-end.
These aeroplanes are occasionally displayed in air shows and meetings in organised in the region.

For more information, click here for access to Saint-Dizier Aéro Rétro website

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Dimanche, 27 septembre 2009 English version

Historical vintage aircraft

Morane-Saulnier MS-317

History.

Morane-Saulnier MS-317Before going into details about the Morane-Saulnier 317 immatriculation F-BFZK, and based on Saint Dizier Robinson airfield, we propose you to go back to the beginning of 20th century, exactly on October 10th, 1911, when the « Société Morane » was created by Mr Léon Morane and Mr Raymond Saulnier.

Léon Morane was yet a famous aviator, being the international speed record holder, with 108 km/h speed on a Bleriot aeroplane.

Raymond Saulnier was employed as an engineer in the Blériot society, after having completed the course of the famous École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, in 1905.

So, the two men decided to associate them, and the first aircraft they designed was the Morane-Saulnier A type, precursor of a large aircraft family.

The 1st Word Ward leaded the Morane company to innovations, such as the solution to crews visibility problems due to the wings. They designed a rigid wing-bracing, installed above the cockpit. It was in 1913, and the « Parasol » wing was born.

After the war, Mr Morane and Mr Saulnier created a pilotage school. At the same time, they developed a large family of training aeroplanes, which wing was evidently … Parasol, of which the Morane-Saulnier 315.


Morane-Saulnier MS-317
The Morane-Saulnier 317 is a modified version of the Morane-Saulnier 315, this one being a by-product of the MS-300.

The MS-315 flew for the firs time in october 1932. The aircraft was a monoplane, built with the typical parasol wing, and fitted with a Salmson 135 hp engine.
Four prototypes were built, and after the flight trial tests, 346 aircraft were built, (among which 33 after WW II). Used as a primary trainer and target tug, the MS-315 was operated by the French Military Aviation, the French Navy and some pilotage schools.

About five MS-315 were buit for civilian users, two of them designated MS-316 being equiped with a Régnier engine, which was an inversed V engine.

During the pre WW II air displays, the aircraft was also used thanks to its high maneuvrability capabilities. For instance, the MS-315 was operated by the famous Patrouille d’Etampes, and its first comander and leader, Cap. Fleurquin.

Between 1960 and 1962, about forty MS-315, provided by the French Air Force, were modified, aiming to use the aircraft as a glider tug. These aircraft, renamed MS-317, were equiped with a more powerful engine, the 223 hp, 7 cylinders Continental W-670 K and a new propeller. Additionaly, the wheels were changed for wheels with tyres and gears, and an orientable tail wheel replaced the original fixed tail skid.

Saint Dizier Robinson MS-317 F-BFZK

Morane-Saulnier MS-317This aircraft is one of the very few aeroplane of this type still in airworthy conditions. On July 15th, 1960, the MS-315, future MS-317, landed in Saint Dizier airfield for thefirst time, piloted by the instructor, Mr Fernand Viard.

In 1962, the aircraft was transfered to Chambery airfield, where it was modified for MS-317 version in industrial facilities.

Coming back to Saint Dizier in 1963 as a MS-317, the aircraft began a long career of glider tug, almost 30 years, contributing to many pilots formation.

Since 1992, the aircraft is no more used a a glider tug, but just for touring and participation to some meetings.

In 1999, the aircraft was acquired by a member, Jean-Marc Viard, the goal being to preserve and maintain the aircraft in Saint-Dizier, this aeroplane belonging to Saint Dizier
airfield aviation history.

In 2000, France-Canada association requested the aircraft to be used for the 50th anniversary of this association, which occured simultaneously with the, and the Chalons-Vatry newest airport, dedicated to freight purposes. The Canada ambassador, senators and other authorities flew the aircraft, overflying the region.


Boeing Stearmn PT-17 / Morane-Saulnier MS-317
From 2004 to 2005, the aircraft has been totaly restored by Mr Alain Oswalt, one of the best MS-317 specialists in the word, who maintains this aircraft in condition since the beginning; and the aircraft performed its first pst-restoration flight, on July 30, 2005.

As you can imagine, the aircraft is the ambassador of our Saint-Dizier vintage collection, and its typical frame and engine noise are well known in Saint Dizier and the region.

This MS-317, « ZK » is one of the 11 last aircraft of the type existing, the last survey showing 8 MS-317 in airworthy conditions.

Thanks to some volunteers (Alain Viard, Jean-Louis Marcireau, Pierre Fontaine) leaded by Mr Alain Oswalt, this aircraft continues to fly and permits to our public to enjoy the visit.

Boeing Super Stearman F-AZGR

Boeing Stearman PT-17
This aircraft, B 75 N 1 type, was built in 1941. During WW II, it was operated during some years by the U.S Air Force as a basic trainer.

After the war, the aircraft was modified and used for aerial spraying. For this new mission, it was equiped with a 9 cylinders, 450 hp Pratt&Whitney radial engine, a spraying system was installed inside the lower wing, with sprayers beneath the wing, the front seat being removed for tank installation.

During several years, the aircraft was used for aircraft spraying in the U.S.A, before being stored during a long period.

Then, the aircraft was sold to Mr Jean Salis, the famous French vintage aeroplanes proprietary, based at la Ferté-Alais airfield, south of Paris, well known for its vintage collection.

After the aircraft delivery in France, Salis Aviation company completely restored the aeroplane, performing several modifications. Thanks to these modifications, which include the installation of two additional ailerons on the upper wing, of an inversed flight fuel system, reenforced anti-fire disposal, and a smoking device for aerial displays, the aircraft is able to perform aerobatics, including inversed flight.

At the moment, the aircraft remains painted with the Air BP colors, Mr Salis former sponsor; and it is projected to repaint totally the aircraft with an other design, depending on further fundings.

Acquired in 2003 by two members, former French Air Force fighter pilots, Mr Jean-Marc Viard and Mr Jean-Michel Langlois, the aircraft is now based at Saint Dizier Robinson.

Piper J3 immatriculation F-PCMM

Piper J3 Cub
This aircraft has an unprecedent story, which began by its participation to Overlord Operation, in 1944, when it was used in Normandy for observation and reconnaissance mission.

Later, following the Allies advance during France liberation, the aircraft was shoot down by the German anti-aircraft defense, near Sarreguemines, city located in Lorraine region, in the east part of France.


Piper J3 Cub
At the end of WW II, the aircraft was recuperated by Sarreguemines Aero Club, which sold it to Joinville Aero Club, based 20 Nm south of Saint-Dizier.

In 1980, the Joinville Aero Club end of activity leaded to the recuperation of the aeroplane by Saint-Dizier Aero Club. Thanks to some volunteers, and in particular to Mr Alain Oswalt, our vintage aeroplane restoration specialist, the J-3 was totaly restored.

Since its return to airworthy conditions, the aircraft has been flown by several pilots who enjoy this type of flight, at low speed, with high angle of visibility; the crews being very prouds to pilot such a very historical aeroplane. This aircraft is the property of Aero Club de Saint Dizier Robinson.

Zlin 526 F


Zlin 526 F
The Zlin 526 flew for the first time in 1966. This two-seater, monoplane, based on a metallic frame, with a low wing, was equipped with a retractable landing gear.

The Zlin 526 F, two-seater is a derivate version of the monoplace Zlin 526 A « Akrobat ».

The Saint-Dizier based Zlin 526 F has the serial number 1081. It was built in 1969 by Moravan company, this name being issued from the factory name after WW II, which was  » Ostrokovice ». After 1945, the aircraft continued to be produced under « Zlin » appelation.

The aircraft is powered by a 160 hp – 6 cylinders – inverted line Walter Minor engine.

The cruising speed is 120 kts (230 km/h), with a fuel consumption of 25 litres per flight hour.

The aircraft has also aerobatics capabilites, allowing to perform aerobatics at a reasonable cost. The Zlin 526 flight enveloppe permits evolutions under + 6 g to – 3 g, a 165 kts (300 km/h) maximum speed, with very good controls sensations.

This Zlin 526 F has recently been totally restored by Mr Willy Ulrich, who is in charge of its maintenance, thanks to his light aircraft and vintage aeroplane great knowledge and expertise.

This aircraft is the property of Mr Frédéric Schwebel, French Air Force fighter pilot, former member of Jaguar and Mirage 2000 N air display team, and member of Reva Patrol.
The other proprietary is Mr Patrick Marchand, former fighter pilot and Jaguar air display team pilot, and now member of Breitling patrol, operating the L-39 Albatross.
This aircraft participates to air displays and some fly-in.

 
Samedi, 26 septembre 2009 English version